A CUSTOMS official has remained unfazed despite receiving tongue lashing from lawmakers at the House of Representatives allegedly over her decision to reject the promotion of an employee allegedly backed by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez of Davao del Norte.
Lawyer Mandy Anderson, chief of staff of Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon, stood firm even after she was scolded by House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas of Ilocos Norte for calling Speaker Alvarez an imbecile in a Facebook post.
Anderson made the Facebook post in connection with Alvarez’s proposal to abolish the Court of Appeals.
“The Speaker asked for a paper for promotion. Of course, I checked if the individual was qualified to be promoted. The person is not qualified. They persisted. I was even called to the Speaker’s office and was scolded about it,” Anderson said in Filipino in a radio interview with dzMM.
“I joined the government for [instituting]reform. If I were to keep silent, nothing will change. We stood by our decision [to reject the promotion]. After that, I got threatening messages from his staff. They called me, and said the marching order of the Speaker is to bring hell to me and the Commissioner,” Anderson added.
Anderson expressed confidence, however, that she has the full trust of Faeldon.
“Me and the commissioner have the same principles and ideals. He’ll back me up. I am not doing anything wrong,” Anderson said.
“That’s the truth. I am just standing up for the anti-corruption drive of the President [Rodrigo Duterte],” Anderson added.
The lawyer, however, admitted that she erred in calling Alvarez, who is also a lawyer, names.
“I was wrong to post it. I should have been more careful,” Anderson, who landed fifth in the 2015 Bar exams, said.
Anderson was scolded during a congressional inquiry as to why P6.4 billion worth of “shabu” (methamphetamine hydrochloride) was able to be shipped into the country, bypassing scrutiny from the Bureau of Customs. LLANESCA T. PANTI